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Its very name means “water,” yet Nicaragua faces a drinking water crisis. The poorest Nicaraguan citizens and most remote villages face life-threatening danger every day they drink the dirty and often contaminated water from their hand-dug wells. Facing harsh soil conditions and economic obstacles, Nicaraguans need clean water. They need your help!

Own A Well is an opportunity for small and robust Rotary clubs as well as individuals to participate in the Nicaraguan Water Well Drilling Program, a viable and vital international project started in 2000 by the Rotary Club of Tulsa. The goal is to provide potable water to the poor who live in the villages of Nicaragua.

How important is clean water?

According to the World Health Organization:

80% of illness in Third World countries is due to bad water
5 million people die each year from bad water
2 billion people are sick at any time because of bad water

How can you make a difference?

Sponsor a well! For each $1,000 contribution, your Rotary Club will receive:

The goodwill of a grateful rural neighborhood, where clean water means better health, shorter walks, lighter retrieval loads and children tasting clear water for the first time in their lives
A certificate, suitable for framing, showing the well’s location by GPS coordinates
A photograph of a representative well site with local residents, suitable for publication
Details on the communities and inhabitants benefiting from newly found clean water
A copy of the Trip Summary

For more historical information about this water well drilling project, go to www.OwnAWell.com.

Help us spread the word! We have ready-made materials to help you tell the story. Or, if you’d like our help in presenting, we’re just a phone call away.

How is your money spent?

The Own A Well Program is a sound investment of your charitable dollars. Literally giving hands and feet to your generosity in communities in dire need. 100% of your Own-A-Well contribution goes directly to the cost of drilling the wells. The administrative and fund-raising expenses are paid by Rotary Clubs in Tulsa, OK, and other Rotary Clubs throughout the Rotary World. The program’s major support has come from the Rotary Club of Tulsa, The Rotary Foundation and other clubs within Rotary District 6110. In addition, important financial support has come from Rotary Clubs throughout the U.S.A.

Send donations to:

Rotary Club of Tulsa
616 S Boston Ave Ste 410
Tulsa OK 74119-1208

Make check payable to: Rotary Club of Tulsa Foundation
Memo line: Nicaragua Water Well Project

E-mail for more information:
Director@OwnAWell.com

Help Spread the Word

nicaraguan-water-wells-women-and-childrenThe Own A Well Program is saving and changing thousands of lives in Nicaragua.

Please join us in this mission to provide something as simple and lifesaving as clean water. You can do so by helping us spread the word about this exciting venture. Use these tools:

  • Full color brochure explaining many of the details you see on this website
  • Powerpoint presentation with speaker notes – great for printouts as well
  • YouTube video clip about the project

Please join us in this mission to provide something as simple and lifesaving as clean water. You can do so by helping us spread the word about this exciting venture.

Think big

Go nationwide when considering possible donors, think of corporations and businesses of all sizes! Ask charitable foundations and individual patrons for guidelines for solicitation.

Think Small

You never know who will decide to join this worthy mission for the Nicaraguan children! Ask your peers and colleagues — ask friends and family — ask service providers — and people you see every week.

We Can Help!

If you would like help asking for a donation, the Rotary Club of Tulsa and the Own A Well committee would be happy to lend a hand by making a program presentation for other Rotary clubs or civic groups. Contact us through the Rotary Club of Tulsa office at (918) 584-7642.

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